Roles and missions of the carpenter

Carpenters are craftsmen specialized in the design, manufacture and installation of wooden structures. They are responsible for carrying out various tasks and assignments to ensure that wooden structures are built safely and in compliance with quality and safety standards. Here are some of the main responsibilities and tasks of a carpenter:

Design wood structures and draw up detailed plans, taking into account local needs, restrictions and regulations.

Fabricate structural parts and assemble them using machining or manual techniques.

Install various parts and assemble them to form complete structures.

Renovate and repair existing wood structures.

Apply fire, insect and mold protection products.

Inspect and test wood structures to ensure quality.

Work closely with other craftsmen and general contractors to ensure projects are completed to specifications.

Comply with all local and national codes and regulations regarding safety, construction and quality.

Finally, a carpenter may also be responsible for training and supervising the work of other carpentry craftsmen.

Carpenter's salary and career development

A carpenter designs, builds and assembles wood and materials to create structures such as buildings, boats and furniture. A carpenter's salary varies according to their level of experience, and can be a valuable way of financing their career. Here's a bulleted list of gross annual salary progression in France by years of experience for a carpenter:

0 to 2 years: from €21,500 to €25,000

2 to 5 years: from €26,500 to €30,000

5 to 10 years: €34,000 to €38,500

10 to 15 years: from €44,000 to €48,500

Over 15 years: from €54,000 to €58,500

There are many career development possibilities for a carpenter. Here's a list of the five most common trades:


House builder

Project manager


Wood structural engineer

Advantages and disadvantages of being a carpenter


Excellent salary - the average carpenter earns around $40,000 a year.

Very high levels of satisfaction - personal satisfaction is one of the main benefits of this trade.

Rapid skills development - carpenters can quickly acquire practical skills and competencies.

Freedom to work as a self-employed person - carpentry work can be done by self-employed people.

Work at your own pace - carpenters have the freedom to work at their own pace and decide on the working hours that suit their needs.


Risk of workplace accidents - carpentry work is dangerous and requires attention to detail to avoid injuries and accidents.

Intensive training required - carpenters must undergo specialized intensive training to be qualified to work on complex projects.

Physical work - carpentry work is physically demanding and can become tiring after a long working day.

Schedule restrictions - carpentry work is often limited to daylight hours, which can make it difficult to adjust to schedules that fit around your other commitments.

Dependence on weather conditions - carpentry work is often limited by weather conditions, as the work often has to be done indoors or under cover.

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